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A second life- as a mayfly! N1K1-J Shiden, 341 Kokutai, 402 Hikotai, in US Hands

On the evaluation of captured Japanese aircraft: the work of the "Tactical Air Intelligence Units" TAIU, illustrated by the fate of the N1K1-J Shiden "341S-23". All parties to the conflict in World War II tried to find [...]

About tank carts, fire extinguishers ...and photographing models: two pieces of Japanese airfield equipment

A statement at the beginning: when purchasing these two kits, it is not so much the fascination for the respective original that is in the foreground, but rather their modelling possibilities. Presumably, most miniatures of this Japanese [...]

"George" is the name of my New Year's baby 2023: Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden /"George"

The fingers of one hand are enough to list the representatives of an extremely rare group of aircraft: those that have been converted from a seaplane to a land plane! If one narrows this group even further to those constructions that have [...]

Something completely different: a (model building) year in three minutes!

(link) With this three-minute video, I would like to present to you an idea of how I document my modelling activities of a year. Let's start 2023!

2022- A model building odyssey! or: an orbiter as a New Year's greeting: happy 2023 folks! (just imagine Richard Strauss waltz "An der schönen blauen Donau") Space Clipper Orion III

Space Clipper Orion III, Moebius Models 1:144 Do you know what I liked most about this project? The view of our blue planet, gorgeous, precious beautiful - and impressively captured by the photographers from zero gravity! Although the idea [...]

A real Squirt: Saunders Roe SR.A-1 takes off!

Like any aircraft design, the unusual Saunders Roe SR. A-1 is a compromise of various prerequisites and technical conditions on the one hand and ideas and conceptions on the other. Rarely, however, does this compromise result in such an [...]

A most unusual sight: Saunders Roe SR. A-1 flying boat fighter

My first reaction to the film footage of an SRA-1 in flight can be summarised as: "what an elegant and impressively agile aircraft this flying boat was! This impression surprised me myself, because when one sees this machine in still [...]

A swift idea: rather than on three wheels, in their element! Supermarine Swift FR. 5, No 2 Squadron RAF Germany

About the Supermarine Swift When the name Supermarine Swift is mentioned, even many a friend of aviation will find it difficult to associate the aircraft with it: unlike the name of the British manufacturer, which still has a good ring to [...]

Alles kaputt! A Junkers Ju 290A-7 crosses the Atlantic.

To the original: Junkers Ju-290 A-7 "Alles Kaputt" (Everything Broken) The story that the Junkers Ju 290A-7 shown here can tell has undoubtedly earned the title "highly unusual". Even a first glance finds some [...]

A modelling escapade and its consequences: the US 2 1/2 ton 6X6 Airfield Fuel Truck

Sometimes it has its advantages not to be an expert in a certain field- which for me is irrefutably true with regard to trucks This statement recently proved true for me when I built this GMC tanker: on the one hand, looking at the unknown [...]